Beginner’s Guide to Safely Configure / Disable Windows 8 / 8.1 Services
UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in Windows 8.1.
If you are a long time reader of this website, you might be aware of our exclusive service configuration guides which we have posted for previous Windows versions such as Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. These guides help you in tweaking Windows built-in services startup type to stop them from running automatically in background so that you can improve your system performance and can make your Windows faster.
Following are our previous service configuration guides:
- Beginner's Guide to Safely Configure / Disable Windows 7 Services
- Beginner's Guide to Safely Configure / Disable Windows Vista Services
- Beginner's Guide to Safely Configure / Disable Windows XP Services
We always try to provide these guides as simple as possible so that all Windows users can understand and follow them. Following the tradition, today in this tutorial we are going to provide a similar guide for Microsoft's latest OS Windows 8.
This article will provide you a simple and easy to follow service configuration guide which will help you in making Windows 8 faster than before because less services will run in background.
So without wasting time lets share our Windows 8 services configuration guide:
Since Windows 8 is based on the previous Windows 7 OS, almost all built-in services in Windows 8 are similar to Windows 7 services. There are a few new services introduced in Windows 8 and also a few old services have been removed from Windows 8.
One thing which we noticed while using Windows 8 is that its already very fast and we didn't find any need to disable any background service to make it faster. It runs very smooth and definitely its faster than any other Windows version.
But if you really want to tweak it and want to disable unnecessary background services, you can follow the simple steps given below and can set unwanted services startup type to manual:
NOTE: Always set a service to manual, never disable it. If you set a service to manual, Windows will be able to start and use it whenever it needs the service. But if you set a service to disabled, Windows will not be able to start the service and will show you error messages.
1. To customize Windows 8 services configuration and to change services startup type, you'll need to open Services Manager. You can open it by using any of following ways:
a. Move your mouse cursor to bottom-left corner of screen and right-click on the corner, you'll see a menu containing various system shortcuts. Its called "Win+X Menu" because you can also access it by pressing WIN+X keys together. Now click on "Computer Management" option and it'll open a new window.
b. Open My Computer and you can click on "Manage" button present in the ribbon.
c. If you have enabled My Computer icon on Desktop using Desktop Personalization window, you can right-click on the icon and select "Manage" option.
Once Computer Management window is opened, click on "Services and Applications -> Services" in left-side pane. It'll show the services configuration screen.
2. Alternatively, you can directly open the same screen using services.msc command in RUN dialog box.
3. Once you access services manager, you are ready to configure Windows 8 services startup type. You can sort the services by their startup type by clicking on "Startup Type" column. It'll help you in find all running services easily and quickly.
4. Now you can double-click on a service and read its description to know whether its an important service or not. If you think the service is not important, you can set its startup type to MANUAL.
If you are unsure which services should be set to manual, following is a small list of services which can be safely set to manual/disabled without causing any problem to your Windows:
- Computer Browser (If your computer is not connected to any network)
- Diagnostic Policy Service
- Distributed Link Tracking Client (If your computer is not connected to any network)
- IP Helper (If you don't use IPv6 connection)
- Offline Files
- Program Compatibility Assistant Service
- Portable Device Enumerator Service
- Print Spooler (If you don't have a printer)
- Remote Registry (You can set it to DISABLED for Security purposes)
- Secondary Logon
- Security Center
- Server (If your computer is not connected to any network)
- TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper (If you are not in a workgroup network)
- Windows Error Reporting Service
- Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) (If you don't have a scanner)
- Windows Search (If you don't use Windows built-in Search feature frequently) (Check this)
5. Once you change services startup type, close services manager and restart your system to take effect.
Now you should notice a little bit improvement in your system performance. If you face any problem, you can restore the services startup type to automatic using services manager again.
Posted in: Windows 8 / 8.1
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